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PRUNUS persica 'Babcock'
Babcock Peach, Peach, White Freestone Peach
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A white peach enjoyed fresh is never so sweet as the moment it is picked, making them very worthwhile to grow at home. White flesh is non-acidic, containing the highest sugar content that rapidly declines. It descends from the wild peach, a small deciduous tree native to China where it has been cultivated since ancient times, then gradually traveled west into Europe. The peach tree produces a small branched canopy of bright green lance shaped leaves that turn yellow in the fall. While it requires significant chilling for good crops, trees are not very hardy and therefore are grown in a narrower climatic band than other stone fruits. The flowers and fruit is also vulnerable to damage by late spring frosts due to its relatively early bloom time.
Babcock flesh is snow white and non-acidic, wrapped in a heavily red blushed skin. It is a freestone peach, with the flesh easily falling away from the pit but as a white peach it is rarely canned. In spring the trees burst into a haze of pink, fragrant five petal flowers. As a self-fertile tree, an abundant crop of medium sized fruits will mature by midsummer. Peach trees need full sun and fertile well-drained soil and should be pruned annually while dormant. The most limiting factor to growing peaches is problems with peach leaf curl, a weather related moisture disease that distorts the new growth in spring.
9 - 1
5 - 9
H1, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
5'-25' / 1.5m - 7.6m
Hybrid Origin, China
Spring, Summer, Fall
Container, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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